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Workshop: Philosophical perspectives on the replication ‘crisis’

Philosophical perspectives on the replication ‘crisis’

Project workshop: 20 – 21 May 2021


This workshop brings together philosophers and psychologists to discuss their perspectives on the replication crisis.  It will focus on the epistemic values that can be gained from replication, and conceptual questions about what constitutes a replication attempt (failed or successful).


Dr. Christina Bergman

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

Representative publications
  •  Byers-Heinlein K, Tsui ASM, Bergmann C, et al. (2021) A Multilab Study of Bilingual Infants: Exploring the Preference for Infant-Directed Speech. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Sciencedoi:10.1177/2515245920974622
  • Byers-Heinlein, K, Bergmann C, Davies C, et al. (2020) Building a Collaborative Psychological Science: Lessons Learned From ManyBabies 1. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 61(4), 349-363. doi:10.1037/cap0000216
Prof. Alexander Bird

Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Representative publications
  • (2020) Understanding the replication crisis as a base rate fallacy. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
Prof. Uljana Feest

Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz Universität, Hannover

Representative publications
  • (2020) Construct validity in psychological tests – the case of implicit social cognition. European Journal of Philosophy of Science
  • (2019) Why replication is overrated. Philosophy of Science
  • (2016) The Experimenters’ Regress Reconsidered: Replication, Tacit Knowledge, and the Dynamics of Knowledge Generation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A.
Dr. Marta Halina

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Representative publications


Dr. Louisa Kulke

Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Representative publications
  • Pavlov, Yuri G., Nika Adamian, Stefan Appelhoff, […] Louisa Kulke et al. (2020) ‘# eegmanylabs: Investigating the Replicability of Influential EEG Experiments’ Preprint
  • Kulke, L., Wübker, M., and Rakoczy, H. (2019)  Is implicit Theory of Mind real but hard to detect? Testing adults with different stimulus materials.
  • Kulke, L., Johannsen, J. and Rakoczy, H. (2019) Why can some implicit Theory of Mind tasks be replicated and others cannot? A test of mentalizing versus submentalizing accounts. PLOS One
  • Poulin-Dubois, D., Rakoczy, H., Burnside, K., Crivello, C., Dörrenberg, S., Edwards, K., Krist, H., Kulke, L., Liszkowski, U., Low, J. and Perner, J., (2018) Do infants understand false beliefs? We don’t know yet – A commentary on Baillargeon, Buttelmann and Southgate’s commentary. Cognitive Development, 48
Prof. Edouard Machery

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Representative publications

(2020) What is a replication? Philosophy of Science

Schedule and logistics

The workshop will be held via Zoom.  Places are free but limited: please register through e-pay for a spot.  Times are listed in British Summer Time.

Thursday 20 May




Suilin Lavelle
University of Edinburgh




Is Null Hypothesis Significance testing a Questionable Research Practice?
Alexander Bird
University of Cambridge
11.25 Break
11.30 Commentary James Lowe
University of Edinburgh
11.40 Discussion


Replications in Comparative Psychology


Marta Halina
University of Cambridge

14.10 Break
14.15 Commentary Julia Fischer 
14.25 Discussion
15.00 Break


Replication, Robustness Analysis and Conceptual Development in Psychology Uljana Feest
Leibniz Universität, Hannover
15.55 Break




Johanna Sarisoy
University of Edinburgh
16.10 Discussion
16.45 Break
17.00 Round table
17.30 Close




Friday 21 May



Implicit theory of mind – replications, validations and multi-lab projects


Louisa Kulke 
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
11.10 Break




Hilary Richardson
University of Edinburgh
11.25 Discussion


What role does replication play in developmental studies?


Christina Bergman
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
13.55 Break
14.00 Commentary Rhodri Leng
University of Edinburgh
14.10 Discussion
14.45 Break


What is a replication? Edouard Machery
University of Pittsburgh
15.40 Break
15.45 Commentary Thom Scott-Phillips
Central European University
15.55 Discussion
16.30 Break
16.45 Round table
17.30 Close

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